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published: 8/20/05
updated: 2/25/14


The Baha'i religion is a relatively new faith in the world. The Baha'i headquarters is in Haifa, Israel, and is known for the temple that sits on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The terms "Bahai faith" and "Bahai religion" are both correct termonology. "Bahai faith" is the term most associated with the worldview and convictions of Bahai's adherents, while "Bahai religion" is the term most used when refering to the community's organization, institutions, and religious requirements. The Baha'i religion also has important symbols, such as the Ringstone.

When it comes to the Baha'i religion, many people have questions like: What do Baha'i believe about God, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? What are their values, traditions, and ethics? Who are their teachers, leaders, and followers? And what is their history? Serious students of religion will also want to know how Baha'i is the same as, and different from, other major world religions, such as Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on the Baha'i faith, from their beliefs to comparison charts, to biographies, to sacred days, to practices, to important literature and much more. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)

Bahai Beliefs, History, Practices, Symbols, and More

Bahá'í Basics

Bahá'í Beliefs

Fast Facts on Baha'i

Baha'i Glossary

Comparison Chart:
Bahá'í vs. Islam vs.
Christianity vs.Judaism

God in Baha'i

Prophets and Messengers

Human Nature and the Soul

Evil and Satan

Purpose of Life

Sin and Salvation


Baha'i Shrine and Symbol, Haifa
The Baha'i ringstone symbol on the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel.
Photo © Bahá’í International Community.

Bahá'í Symbols

Bahá'í People

Read about the Nine-Pointed Star,
The Ringstone Symbol, and
the Greatest Name.

The Báb


Shoghi Effendi

Bahá'í Sacred Texts

Bahá'í History

Read about the Kitab-i-Aqbas,
written by Bahá'u'lláh.

Read about the Bab, Baha'u'llah, Baha'i in the modern world, and persecution experienced by followers of Baha'i.

Bahá'í Ethics

Bahá'í Holidays

Read about Baha'i social values,
personal lifestyle, and sex and marriage.

There are many sacred days on the Baha'i calendar; read about them here.

Bahá'í Practices

Bahá'í Organization

Read about prayer, meditation,
the Baha'i house of worship and more.

Read about the structure of the Baha'i faith.

Bahá'í Bookstore

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